Cummings carves up opponent for career-high 124 yards and two touchdowns

September 11, 2021

Josh Cummings

Josh Cummings of Fairbanks went to the house the first time he touched the ball. And his day just kept getting better from there.

By the end, the Western Colorado University running back had racked up a career-high 124 yards – which is believed to be the third-highest rushing total for an Alaskan at the NCAA D2 level since the turn of the century.

Cummings scored on runs of 47 and 30 yards and matched his career high with 14 carries as the visiting Mountaineers rumbled to a 49-14 victory over Western New Mexico in Silver City.

The 205-pounder rumbled for a 47-yard score on his first touch of the game. On his tenth carry he busted off a 30-yard scoring scamper.

This was his third career game with two TDs. He now has 10 career TDs in 15 career games with Western Colorado.

Cummings, of West Valley High fame, surpassed the 500-yard benchmark for his career.

This day was special for him as he joined an exclusive club of 100-yard rushers from Alaska at the NCAA D2 level.

Here is a list of Alaska’s top NCAA D2 rushing games over the last two decades:

145 Phillip Fenumiai (Juneau) Western Oregon 2016
127 Justin Kauffman (Anchorage) Adams State 2012
124 Josh Cummings (Fairbanks) Western Colorado 2021
103 Brandon Miles (Kenai) Bemidji State 2011
90 Jordan Tufaga (Anchorage) Central Washington 2017

Phillip Fenumiai

Justin Kauffman

Brandon Miles

Jordan Tufaga